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Chad Crane teaches drawing and painting at Copper Hills High. He received a BFA from Utah State and an MFA from the University of Utah. He has participated in numerous local juried and group exhibitions including The 9 Muses, an interdisciplinary show involving the collaboration of nine poets and nine artists. He curated and participated in the 24 Hour Show at Kayo Gallery. He was invited to participate in the 300 Plates Fund Raiser at Art Access. Five of his pieces were accepted in Fontbonne University’s Small Works Exhibition in St. Louis. A large piece was accepted in Twisted Spurs, a national competition of artworks that put a twist on traditional Western paining, and he participated in the Sketch Book Project that traveled to various locations throughout the country. More recently, he exhibited a body of work, Familiar Territory, at Art Access, collaborated with Zane Lancaster on We’ll Need to See Some Credentials at Kayo Gallery, and participated in E Pluribus Unum exhibited at U of U.
These works are about me—not a surprise. To most artists I know, everything usually is. Though clearly not self-portraits, these mixed media drawings are portraits of my mental scape—indirect and intuitive representations of my inner psyche.
I chopped up and repurposed old drawings, prints, paintings, outdated instruction manuals, paper dolls and various other collage materials. Since the works are narrative based, I found cut-outs